Scott Smith: Remembering Nate Hirsch

A lot of people familiar with Georgia Southern University and the Georgia Southern Eagles will recognize the name, Nate Hirsch. Nate was the longtime play by play announcer for Georgia Southern sports. I was a youngster and remember fondly running the Georgia Southern football games on WSGC in the fall on Saturdays after the UGA games. We tape-delayed the Southern games in those days. Now, you may ask why did a radio station in Elberton, Georgia run Georgia Southern Football. The reason was simple, it was Nate Hirsch. Although many people don’t know this, when I started at the tender age of 14 at WSGC Nate was a majority stockholder in WSGC and then WWRK radio. WSGC has changed hands four times since Nate was involved finally landing back in my ownership in 2015.

As I have stated Nate was best known for being the “Voice of the Georgia Southern Eagles” from 1971 to 2006, covering athletics of Georgia Southern University. Among his career achievements was his broadcasting games of Georgia Southern’s baseball team in 1973, it was the first instance of a commercial radio station broadcasting an entire collegiate baseball team’s season, something that is common now in college towns.

Hirsch is a member of the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, the Statesboro High Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame. He died at his home in Statesboro, Georgia on August 28, 2016.

Nate was born in the Bronx, in New York City, and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School. He attended Indiana State University and obtained his degree in Broadcasting in 1970.

He began broadcasting games of the Georgia Eagles baseball team in 1973, including its College World Series appearance, and he broadcast all of its six NCAA I-AA National Champion seasons (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1999 and 2000).

He was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2012 as a Career Achievement Inductee.

Nate was also the owner of WMCD and WWNS in Statesboro for many years.

I only met Nate three times over the years but was proud he signed off on giving me a shot on the radio many, many years ago. I have truly come full circle.
I am not sure what made me have Nate on my mind this weekend but Nate was a class act in the same category as Larry Munson and Loran Smith. I always considered it an honor to have known him.

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